Saturday, January 26, 2008

Real Marshmallows

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Okay, in my family we take cookies seriously. Those of you who have been following the Bernice Pearl Cookie Saga know this. Well for the moment, mom has a sufficient supply of Mallomars, but what about next month when she runs out? Of course, I can keep ordering them from but what if I learn to make them from scratch? Here is how to make Marshmallows from Better Than Store Bought.

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons (1 envelope) powdered gelatin
1/3 cup water
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
Pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sift cornstarch and powdered sugar into a bowl. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch square pan and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch sugar mixture. Tilt the pan in all directions so the sugar will coat the bottom and sides evenly. Leave any excess in the pan. Sprinkle the gelatin into the water in a small saucepan and let soak for 5 minutes. Then add the granulated sugar and stir over low heat until the gelatin and sugar dissolves. In the large bowl of your electric mixer, combine the gelatin mixture, the corn syrup, salt and vanilla and mix for 15 minutes on high speed or until stiff peaks form. Now spread this fluffy mixture into your prepared pan and smooth the top.

Leave for 2 hours or until set. With a wet knife, cut the marshmallow mixture into quarters and loosen around the edges. Sprinkle the remaining cornstarch and sugar mixture on a clean sheet pan and invert marshmallow mixture onto it. Cut each quarter into 9 pieces and roll in sugar cornstarch mix. Now place blobs on a rack and allow to dry out a bit, covered with paper towels, overnight. These will hold for 1 month in an airtight container. Now all you need to do is make your homemade graham crackers and dip the whole thing in dark chocolate! It’s a lot of work, but after all she is my mother!